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State of the Art - The Industrial Light and Magic special effects thread

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by ShaneP, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Transformers 3 teaser: [link=http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/transformersdarkofthemoon/]Tranny 3[/link]
     
  2. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Pirates 4 trailer: [link=http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/pirates-caribbean-on-stranger-tides.html?showvideo=1#belownav]Pirates 4[/link]

    Looks like a few fx shots in there too. Go ILM and MPC!
     
  3. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    The lizard gets a full length trailer: [link=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810079248/trailer]Rango[/link]

    I really like the variety of characters this film seems to have. Nice animation and looks great too.
     
  4. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Plus the second I Am Number Four trailer

    [link=http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/iamnumberfour/]I Am Number Four trailer 2[/link]

    For a second I did a double take on the Tranny link, he.
     
  5. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I will bet Transformers 3's moon sequence will look sweet in 3D.

    I'm not sure what to think about I am Number Four. It almost has a Twilight with aliens feel to it.
     
  6. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    It's has actually been described that way by the press. Courtesy of that Million Little Pieces guy (Frey, Fray?). Probably the only worthwhile thing will be the VFX.
     
  7. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Fray? Frey? Yeah I don't even know who that is. I feel old suddenly.
     
  8. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Yeah he was on Oprah and had a huge bestseller because of that, turns out his autobiographical book had several lies and exagerations. He seems to like controversy there was an article a few weeks ago that mentioned he has this publishing compnay with some draconian contracts with their young writers.

    Anyway, went to see narnia in stereo 3D. Lo and behold that trailer for Transformers 3 played in 3D and that Moon sequence looked awesome. The movie will probably be stupidier than the previous one but visually looked stunning.
     
  9. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Cool! It looked great in regular 2D.

    But this....The movie will probably be stupider than the previous one

    Made me [face_laugh] Is that even possible that it could be worse?
     
  10. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I've started referring to Michael Bay as Limbo Man: how low can he go ;-). They blame the previous one on the writers strike but they forhet they had a finished script before that. Who know they have a new screenwriter for this one so I guess it could be better. I'm still gonna see it anyway.

    BTW, Rango recording sessions:

    [link=http://www.slashfilm.com/watch-johnny-depp-perform-rango/]Watch How Johnny Depp Performed Rango Could This Be The Future of How Animated Movies Are Made?[/link]
    [link=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810079248/video/23607495]Rango behind the scenes[/link]
     
  11. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Am I accurate in taking from that video that Verbinski shot the film with the actors first and then directed ILM? It's like he directed two films. One with the actors and one with ILMers.

    I was expecting Depp in a jumpsuit akin to Nighy in the Pirates' films. So did they not use imocap for the film or was it just all keyframe?

     
  12. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Former ILM modelmaker Grant McCune has passed away. [link=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/star-wars-visual-effects-artist-66560]Grant McCune passes away[/link]

    RIP.
     
  13. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Yeah it was shocking hearing about Grant McCune.

    Yes Verbinski more or less directed the film twice. Yes, Rango is all keyframe. There was confussion during the initial annoucement because both John Knoll and Hal Hickel were involved, so many places incorrectly reported that they used iMocap with vague references to capturing Depp's performance. The film does look amazing.
     
  14. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Yay keyframe!
     
  15. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    The only thing not clear from that video is if they used any other witness cameras.
     
  16. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I was wondering that too. You would think they would for extra reference.

    Where did they shoot the film?
     
  17. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Maybe the Paramount lot? Though Knoll mentions that for using their virtual camera setup (for stage scenes) they used the ILM stages.


    mod edit: corrected wording
     
  18. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Yeah I don't know. I just watched that video and thought it might be some mo cap stage without the mocap but then they could use any old stage if they weren't doing mocap. So it might've been Paramount. And you also mentioned ILM's stages and they have the room to shoot things the size of what was in that video.

    It's almost like a stage play they shoot and then turn around and create the film based on that stage performance. Different.
     
  19. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I meant to say staging, not stain :p. I guess we'll have to wait for interviews with the actors to see if they mention it. The only thing that made me suspect a regular lot was thay they might have all those setpieces and props readily available. Who knows.
     
  20. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Nah I knew what you meant by stain. Trust me, I'm a master of editing my own typing. ;)

    I "Special Editioned" your post too.

    Digital technology frees me up to make these changes. Now, I can go back and change wording so posters can say what they really wanted to say the first time. :p
     
  21. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Ben Snow talks to fxguide about his career and ILM's lighting tools: [link=http://www.fxguide.com/featured/ben-snow-the-evolution-of-ilm-lighting-tools/]Ben Snow and ILM[/link]

    Thx to Ian Failies at vfxblog for the heads up.
     
  22. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    A couple of days before that they also have an article with Marshall Krasser about the use of Nuke in Iron man 2.
     
  23. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Congrats to ILM getting the nomination for best vfx.

    But wow, Tron legacy didn't get nominated. Wow.
     
  24. shanerjedi

    shanerjedi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Would just like to give a heads up for all ILM fans ere that Malducin's ILMfan.com is back up with open forum covering all aspects of ILM and the fx biz.

    Give the place a gander.

     
  25. JohnWesleyDowney

    JohnWesleyDowney Jedi Master star 5

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    THAT is hard to believe, I agree.